Economic Expansion in the Byzantine Empire, 900-1200

Economic Expansion in the Byzantine Empire, 900-1200

by Alan Harvey


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Economic Expansion in the Byzantine Empire, 900-1200 by Alan Harvey

In this book Dr. Harvey shows that if we broaden our comprehension of feudalism, the economic developments of the Byzantine empire and the medieval West were far more comparable than Byzantine historians have been prepared to admit. Previous interpretations have linked economic trends too closely to the political fortunes of the state, and have consequently regarded the twelfth century as a period of economic stagnation. Yet there is considerable evidence that during this period, the empire's population expanded, agricultural production intensified, coinage in circulation increased, and towns revived. Dr. Harvey's conclusions will affect all future interpretations of the general course of Byzantine history. and call for a reassessment of the whole nature and social structure of the Byzantine economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521521901
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2003
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Glossary; Maps; Introduction; 1. The early medieval period; 2. Demographic growth and social relations; 3. Taxation and monetary circulation; 4. Agricultural production; 5. The pattern of demand; 6. Interaction between town and country; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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